The Guardian reports that 54 countries assisted the CIA in its global program of extraordinary rendition assembled after the 9/11 attacks. A 213-page report, compiled by the Open Society Justice Initiative, a New York human rights organization, states that so widespread was the inter-state collusion that the CIA could not have operated without their support.
“There is no doubt that high-ranking Bush administration officials bear responsibility for authorising human rights violations associated with secret detention and extraordinary rendition, and the impunity that they have enjoyed to date remains a matter of significant concern,” the report says.
“But responsibility for these violations does not end with the United States. Secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations, designed to be conducted outside the United States under cover of secrecy, could not have been implemented without the active participation of foreign governments. These governments too must be held accountable.”